Talbott’s nine points help Palisade top Central in low-scoring game

Talbott's nine points help Palisade top Central in low-scoring game

Central High School’s Tyler Hays, left, and Palisade’s Flannery Davis battle for a rebound Saturday night during the Bulldogs’ 35-24 victory over the Warriors. Davis had five points as the Bulldogs improved to 4-6.

The Palisade High School girls basketball team is not supposed to look at the scoreboard.

Coach’s orders.

So the Bulldogs weren’t fazed when neither they nor Central hadn’t scored in the first five minutes Saturday.

They simply put 12 points on the board the final three minutes of the first quarter.

Then, when they were technically allowed to look at the scoreboard, it was a final: Palisade 35, Central 24.

The host Bulldogs (4-6) were led by Hannah Talbott’s nine points. Emily Crow added eight.

Central had eight points apiece from Dkotah Brodie and Taryn Smith.

Freshmen accounted for 17 of the Warriors’ points.

The Warriors (2-9) were without starting guard and second-leading scorer Jordan Eller, who sprained an ankle Thursday.

“Jordan really gives us that energy,” Central coach Todd Dixon said. “We missed her.”

Palisade coach Toni Gunther generally has two messages for her girls: Don’t look at the scoreboard (most of the time) and believe in yourselves.

“They just have to know that when they’re ahead they just need to take care of the ball and not worry about the score,” Gunther said.

Palisade guard Flannery Davis, who scored five points, said she’d hardly noticed the game was scoreless for so long.

“Then we started moving the ball more, making baskets,” Davis said.

But in the second half, a low-key girls basketball game turned quite physical.

Still, Palisade rolled on, led by Crow, who late in the third quarter stole the ball on Central’s side of the court and went in for a layup to put the Bulldogs ahead 32-20.

Central’s Taryn Smith hit a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to bring the Warriors to within 32-23.

But it was too late.

“It got a little tense out there,” Davis said. “Some people got into it. We just have to remember sportsmanship and not let things get crazy.”


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